Paul Pogba was spotted training with his team-mates at the Parc des Princes last night, but the France midfielder is suspended owing to his red card in the first leg and Solskjaer is also without his other two first-choice midfielders, Nemanja Matic and Ander Herrera, as well as forwards Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard, Alexis Sanchez and Juan Mata.
With Phil Jones, Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian missing, too, Solskjaer has brought academy graduates Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes, Mason Greenwood, James Garner and Brandon Williams.
Forwards Chong, Gomes and Greenwood and midfielder Garner have all been involved in the first team before, but this is a first call-up for 17-year-old Williams, a left-back born in Manchester, who has been on the club’s books since he was seven. At least three are expected to be among the substitutes.
It is three years since Marcus Rashford was parachuted into the first team and scored twice on his debut against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League, and then twice more in his first Premier League appearance against Arsenal – United’s opponents on Sunday – and Solskjaer hopes others now seize their opportunity.
“I think every young player who plays at this club is dreaming of coming on and having an impact like Rashy,” he said. “They must have the belief to make it and [tonight] might be a chance for some of the young guns.
“It’s just one of those situations that we come into – we’ve lost a few players – but we’ll cope with that. We’ll have a good team.”